Thursdays nights have the most change this fall, with four new shows and some notable schedule changes. CBS is adding two new series; The CW is moving existing series around; Fox is adding one new series; and ABC isn’t changing a damn thing, and with a winning Shondaland schedule there’s no reason to. But NBC has moved This is Us from Tuesdays to Thursdays in an effort to bring back “Must See TV.”
Joining This is Us will be the reboot of Will & Grace. The trailer is an original musical number that contains no actual scenes from the series, but I think it’s safe to assume it will be pretty similar to the original, especially if last fall’s reunion is anything to go by.
Also on NBC’s Thursday night schedule is a new Law & Order anthology franchise: Law & Order True Crime. This season will focus on the Menendez Brother Murders, and I would not all that interested but for one thing: Edie Falco. Well, two things: Edie Falco and her amazing curly blond wig.
I HATE SETH MACFARLANE. And yet? The Orville doesn’t look terrible? Yes, it looks like Galaxy Quest, The Series, but Galaxy Quest was good! So maybe Galaxy Quest, The Series will be good! And points for not being another military or crime procedural.
Speaking of: S.W.A.T. S.W.A.T. is another crime procedural, as if we needed another crime procedural., That said, I will give S.W.A.T. credit for invoking Black Lives Matter in the pilot. CBS is not exactly the network that I would expect to tackle real time racial issues, so kudos for wading into those particularly fraught waters.
Finally, Young Sheldon. No one is more surprised than I am that I didn’t hate the trailer for this show. I am not a Big Bang Theory fan — in fact, I loathe the show. But this single camera prequel looks quirky and nostalgic enough to maybe work. That, or maybe I’m just a sucker for vintage Houston Oilers t-shirts.
Because it is never too soon to start considering how you’re going to program your DVR, here is Thursday’s schedule. New series are highlighted in pink:
|ABC||Grey’s Anatomy||Scandal||How to Get Away With Murder|
|CBS||THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Through October)|
|CBS||The Big Bang Theory||Young Sheldon||Mom||Life in Pieces||S.W.A.T.|
|Great News||This is Us||Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders|
Young Sheldon (CBS)
The Orville (Fox)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers (NBC)